Sunday, September 01, 2013

Party Games 29/54 Katter Australia Party

Bob Katter is a character. Well known for his big hats and red neck tendencies. A former member of the National party who went independent a while back. He was the only independent during the last parliament who sided with the Coalition rather than Labor, which I can't really say I would have expected otherwise. And now he's got his own party, the Katter Australia Party (KAP).

Based on my knowledge of Katter, I was expecting to find a lot to disagree with, but this has turned out not to be the case. The KAP is accepts climate change and supports more investment in renewable energy sources (nothing about the carbon tax though for or against), is for the government owning and managing public infrastructure assets, and improving education.

On the other hand, the Katter party is for manipulating the value of the Aussie dollar (they want it to be lower so exporters get a better deal), is very socially conservative (stating that Australia is a Christian nation and opposing gay marriage), and wants to impose tariffs on imports.

They also get a bit of credit for being one of the parties to respond to me emailing them some questions, but lose some of that for the response simply being "hey, why don't you read our website."

The Katter Australia Party has senate candidates in all six states plus the ACT, plus house of representatives candidates all around Australia.


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